Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a stack of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Send photos of your truck (no Polaroids or printouts) to: CCT, Readers' Trucks, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it.
What's Up, Doc?
When your day job obliges you to have your arms elbow deep in someone's thinking cap, building a hot rod is a far cry from your typical office duties. Although Randy Jensen, a neurosurgeon from Salt Lake City, Utah, feels right at home in the operating room, building his very first hot rod felt like writing with his opposite hand. However, just because all of this was new to him didn't mean he didn't do one heck of a job on his '55 Ford. For starters, he equipped the truck with a four-link and a Mustang II setup from CPP. Instead of opting for small potatoes, Randy dropped in a 351 Ford Windsor with an Edelbrock manifold and carburetor, a Crane camshaft, and GT 400 heads. Keeping a hot rod feel on the outside is the Viper red paintjob with traditional flames laid down by Osbourne's Custom Cruisers. Even the simple gray interior looks right at home. We wonder what patients think when Randy pulls up to the hospital in the Ford?
Straight To The Point
Jim Stimmel of San Bruno, California, didn't tell us much in his letter, but he did mention that he has been reading the magazine for years and that he loves it, so we're going to go ahead and tally that up as at least one satisfied customer!
As for Jim's '64 Ford Ranchero, we'll tell you what we know. Between the framerails sits a 302 for steady cruising. To spice things up a bit, Jim installed '55 Ford center caps on the 8-inch-wide rims. He also kept things simple with a black paintjob and just a hint of light blue striping. Lastly, the Ranchero was dropped 2 1/2 inches in the front and air shocks were installed out back. Other than that, the only other thing Jim had to say was, "Keep on truckin'."